New Delhi: The Left Front, on Tuesday, announced its list of candidates for 38 seats in West Bengal, leaving the four seats – Berhampore, Jangipur, Malda Uttar and Malda Dakshin, which were won by Congress in 2014, once again keeping the door open for seat sharing with the party.
Biman Bose, chairman of the Left Front, gave the Congress “24 hours” to come out with a “positive response” on seat-sharing, while keeping their list of candidates a subject to change depending on the Congress’s response.
Bose, in an announcement, said, “Yesterday the Congress unilaterally announced their candidates in eleven seats, which included Raiganj and Murshidabad, which were won by CPM candidates last time. Initially, six seats won by CPM and Congress were out of discussion. As they have announced their candidates we had no other way than to publish our full list of candidates. However, it is not that everything is lost. We are not announcing our candidates in four seats won by Congress last time. This good gesture should get a positive response from Congress. If we do not get a positive response from them then we will do otherwise.”
In 2014, the Left Front had won the two seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad, which have become an issue after the Congress, on Monday, announced the names of its candidates in 11 seats in West Bengal, including the two seats.